special directions from here what you should do, but trust you will inflict the heaviest blow upon the enemy you can and follow him as long as prudence will justify If there is any large force assembling on the Mississippi shore, (which they can nearly approach by water from Vicksburgh) let me know it and I will send you everything required in the shortest possible time I shall return to Vicksburgh (vicinity) this evening. Should therefore require anything address Gen McPherson here
U S GRANT
Copies, DLC-USG, V, 18, 30; DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Letters Sent. Stephen G. Burbridge, born in Ky., educated at Georgetown College and Ky. Military Institute, was a farmer in Logan County, Ky., when the Civil War began. Commissioned col., 26th Ky., as of Aug. 27, 1861, he was confirmed as brig. gen. on June 9, 1862. For his assignment to USG, see Calendar, Aug. 8, 1862. On Feb. 28, 1863, Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand wrote a letter addressed to Lt. Col. John A. Rawlins at the head and to USG at the foot. "I have the honor to inclose, herewith, the report of Brigadier Genl. S. G. Burbridge, Comd'g 1st Brigde of the 10th Div, of the 13th Army Corps. It contains an account of the operations of his brigade from the 4th, to the 26th, inst, upon the Mississippi. During that time he met and drove, inland, a detachment of Cavalry and Artillery, near Cypress Bend, in Arkansas—taking one 12 pdr, Howitzer, capturinga number of mules, horses, and cattle; and killing and wounding about 30 of the enemy; our loss was one killed and two taken prisoner. The report of Genl. Burbridge will furnish a more particular account of their operations, to which reference is made for fuller information respecting the same." Copies (2), McClernand Papers, IHi; DNA, RG 393, 13th Army Corps, Letters Sent. For the report of Burbridge of his expedition to Greenville, Miss., Feb. 14-26, see O. R., I, xxiv, part 1, 349-52. On March 1, USG sent this report to Washington. DNA, RG 94, Register of Letters Received.
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MAJ GEN H W HALLECK
GENL IN CHIEF
The "Queen of the West" is now at Warrenton with the rebel flag flying Distant firing was heard lasting from four P M